October 13, 2011

Hello, Fall

Some nesting pictures of fall around my house.  Except that the entry and console table behind the couch don't even look like the below photos anymore, because Halloween has invaded.  And it's spooky!  But now I feel like a twit, because I spent the better part of a recent afternoon styling those 2 entry shelves to get them just so...and then this week, I tore it all down to put up the creepy/spooky Halloween tableau.  

But the top of the stairs still looks like this:

Remember, during the summer, it looked like this.  I love my little typewriter girl from The Black Apple. The canvas is wrapped with retro barkcloth that I purchased a long time ago from the now-defunct ReproDepot.  The yellow roadrunner is a local vintage find.  Orange and gold dish from one of my favorite online vintage shops, The Blue Carrot.

Next is the entryway:

Confession: I am really sort of over these shelves. They need to go.  A few years back, I had an Ikea storage cabinet here. It had frosted glass doors on the bottom and an open area beneath the top.  I got sick of that; it was pale wood and just felt too...Ikea-ish.  Then I was struck by the inspiration to put shelves here. (They look just like Ikea Lack shelves, but they're not.) The shelves are a pain in my butt, and basically are compensation for the fact that we don't have a mantel over our sad fireplace.  I don't actually have a lot of flat surfaces for display space downstairs...so. The problem is that this is too much display space, so I'm forever fussing with it. Totally a case of form over function, since the only functional area is the little tray to catch my sunglasses/keys/lip gloss.

Let's just move on.  (Oh -- ceramic white owl from T.J. Maxx last year, owl candle from Marshall's, yellow vase is vintage Frankoma pottery. Those cute green mercury glass candles I found at Big Lots, $5 for a set of 3.)

This is the long console table, behind our sectional in the family room.  And there is my lovely big blue Blenko.  I love bright, happy fabrics, but I don't sew at all. So this is my solution, to put them up on the wall in frames. I'm pretty much over this solution, too. I want some real artwork up here, to keep my print from Leah Giberson company. Lamps are Ebay vintage finds from several years back. Green shades are from HomeGoods, taken from the lucite lamps that are in my bedroom. 

Sigh. So many things to fix and improve upon, but I guess that's always the case. I'll show you the Halloween decor soon.  

Top photo details:  Hello print from here. The 2 larger white vases are HomeGoods/TJ Maxx, and the small aqua one is a vintage Royal Haeger that got broken & repaired, when I displayed it somewhere and a book knocked it over. Because I'm a twit!


  1. hello there.

    adoring your owls, especially that candle. the old book covers, and the prints. my fave is the retro barkcloth.

  2. Thank you so much, Monica! That barkcloth canvas had been hiding in a closet for a couple of years, so it's nice to see it out again.

  3. Adorable decor!
    I especially like your typewriter girl and road-runner, too! :)

    So nice to meet you through BYW.
    All the best,
    Mary C. Nasser Art Blog

  4. I love looking at other people's shelves and all their little trinkets and books.

  5. Mary, thank you, I look forward to checking out your blog.

    And Hila, thanks so much -- big fan of your lovely,thoughtful blog.


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